Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle
ANSC 4311E - undergraduate
ANSC 5311E - Master's level
or ANSC 6311E - PhD level
Credit Hours: 3 (This course may also be audited)
Summer I Semester begins June 2; last day to register is June 3.
Fall Semester begins August 25; last day to register is August 28
"This course was, by far, the most informative course I have taken in
my collegiate career to date." - Amanda, ANSC 5311 student
WTMAU students can register through Buff Advisor, and the bill will be added to their university bill for financial aid and/or payment plan eligibility. Non-WT students should complete a simple application form, following the directions on page one.
Persons actively involved in the administration, distribution or sale of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals used in food animals can benefit from comprehensive education on the therapeutic options for beef and dairy cattle. Students can use their drug knowledge base and skill set to collaborate with an attending veterinarian to maximize therapeutic outcomes, prevent drug-related problems and protect the wholesomeness of the food supply chain.
Upon completing this course, students will have obtained knowledge and skills that can positively impact educational, veterinary and economic outcomes by applying drug knowledge resources to food animal operations. This course will provide instruction on basic pharmacology, indications, precautions, and adverse effects of veterinary labeled pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diseases affecting beef and dairy cattle. A comprehensive review of the classes of pharmaceuticals used in the therapeutic treatment of disease states will be presented. Legal and regulatory issues that affect responsible pharmaceutical use and food safety topics will be emphasized. Medication use practices supporting quality assurance initiatives will be highlighted. Exploration and utilization of print and internet-based veterinary resources will be presented. Additionally, current topics in production animal medicine will be discussed.
1. Terms and Definitions
2. Legal and Regulatory Issues
i. AMDUCA – Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act
ii. CPG 615.200 Proper Drug Use and Residue Avoidance by Non-Veterinarians
iii. CPG 615.300 Responsibility for Illegal Drug Residues in Meat, Milk and Eggs
iv. CPG 608.400 Compounding of Drug for Use in Animals
v. Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Beef and Dairy Cattle Principles
vi. Edible Protein Quality Assurance Programs
vii. Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO)
viii. Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) and Medicated Feed Additives
ix. Veterinary Drug Distribution and Pharmacy Labeling
3. Disease State Information
4. Veterinary Drug Information Resources
5. Basic Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
6. Classes of Pharmaceuticals
i. Antibiotics (systemic and intramammary)
ii. Anti-inflammatory; steroids and non-steroidal
v. Reproductive Management Medications
vi. Endectocides and Antinematodal Medications
vii. Injectable Vitamins and Minerals
x. Miscellaneous Medications
7. Pharmaceutical Calculations and Conversion Factors
8. Proper Use of Injectable/Parenteral Drugs
9. Human Health Hazards of Veterinary Drugs For information on the course learning objectives, syllabus or course structure, contact Dr. Blythe
Those wishing to receive credit for this course need to first check with the graduate coordinators of their respective departments. Credit will not transfer for Maryland or Kansas students. Please contact the WTAMU Education on Demand before submitting your enrollment application to confirm WT is authorized to grant credit in your state.
Elaine Blythe, PharmD
Adjunct, West Texas A&M University College of Agriculture
Adjunct, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Grand Cayman BWI.
Pharmacist, National Veterinary Response Team – 5
Certified Online Instructor
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org | 402.551.6017